Lindera benzoin

Out of Stock for 2023. Please check back in March 2024.

Plant in 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.5 inch plastic pot

Light: part shade to full shade
Moisture: medium to wet
Soil: loam, organic
Mature Height: 8 feet

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Attract Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly to your garden by planting a Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) in your yard! Swallowtail larvae survive on the leaves of this shrub.

Large 5-7 foot tall shrub that has sweet-scented leaves, eye-catching fruit, and beautiful fall colours. Grows in shade and moist soil. The twigs, fruit, and leaves of this shrub can make a fragrant tea. Tea from the twigs is traditionally used to treat colds and colic.

Spicebush is sometimes called the “forsythia of the wild” because it blooms very early with dainty yellow flowers that attract butterflies and other insects.

Other common names: Northern Spicebush, Allspice

*Please note that Spicebush is dioecious, meaning you should have both female and male plants in your yard if you are looking for berries. Unfortunately, we won’t know whether a plant is male or female at the time of shipping because we won’t see the blooms. You can order more than one plant to increase your chances, and wait until blooms appear in the second or third growing season.

Ontario Hardiness Zone: 4 to 7 (Find out your Hardiness Zone here)

Additional information

Weight0.10 kg
Dimensions6 × 6 × 30 cm
Light Requirements

Partial Shade to Shade, Partial Shade, Shade

Moisture Requirements

Moist, Wet

Soil Requirements

Loam, Rich in Organic Matter


Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae

Flower Colour


Bloom Period


Fall Colours